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Yanne Boloh

Yanne Boloh is a long-time contributor to Feed International with a close knowledge of French feed production. She may be reached at



European pork industry answers to societal demands

Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands try different strategies to enhance animal welfare and consumer trust
European countries choose different paths to meet the rising social demands faced by animal productions. The French Pork and Pig Institute (IFIP) has analyzed several actions conducted in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.
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New feed unit system improves ruminant diet efficiency

INRA researchers to roll out ‘Systali’ in early 2015
The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) has created a new generation of feed unit systems for ruminants, Systali, to improve ruminant feeding and help farmers to predict animal response to feeding changes.
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Amino acids decrease the price of pig feed

Ideal protein concept helps formulators decrease their dependence on raw material prices thanks to the addition of free amino acids.
Using the ideal protein concept, EU formulators using free amino acids to reduce the crude protein contents of pig feed gain substantial savings.
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Researchers provide an in-depth analysis of feed mill dust explosions

Studies explore the combustion risks of premixes, finished feed
A feed plant is full of powders -- ingredients, premixes, dust, even finished feed when non pelleted. To better know the risks and to be able to aid manufacturers to manage them, French technical center Tecaliman performed studies with specialists of dust explosion at the CNRS lab in Nancy, France.
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Benefits of rapeseed meal drive increased usage in feed production

Alternative ingredient overcomes the digestibility, performance issues that turned the industry away from it decades ago
Containing more than 30 percent protein, rapeseed meal (or canola meal) is increasingly being used in feed for ruminants, pigs and poultry. Its high protein content makes it an attractive substitute for soybean meal. The secret to its recent success in the French feed industry is that the nutritional value of the byproduct is linked to changes in the crop and its processing.
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Additive decreases the energy costs of feed production

Pelletization is known to efficiently reduce flora in feed, but heat treatment can also deliver economic benefits to mills with the use of acidifying additives.
 As energy costs continue to rise, researchers at Tecaliman, the Nantes, France-based feed technical center, have been experimenting with an acidifying additive that has potential to decrease feed mill energy bills. This method allows feed plants to lower its heat treatment temperature while improving its enterobacteria-fighting efficiency. 
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Treating pigs with water dosage pumps

Water dosage pumps can deliver medicines, organic acids, and vitamins to pigs of all classes with precision and efficiency.
Drinking water is used with increasing frequency to administer medications, vaccines, organic acids, and vitamins at many pig farms to insure accurate distribution and reduce heterogeneity in consumption.
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